Picks and Pans Review: The 500 Home Run Club

updated 11/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Here's something to tide over those baseball fans afflicted with pangs of deprivation as they face the long wait until spring training. Hosted by Mickey Mantle and sportscaster-turned-talk-show-host Bob Costas. it offers 55 minutes of nostalgia-filled film clips and determinedly uncritical comments about the 14 major league players who have hit 500 or more home runs. Costas is his usual affable, ever-so-slightly overebullient self, and Mantle, who seems to have mellowed, is gracious and articulate, at one point saying of his own career: "I get a bigger kick out of it now than when it happened." None of the other living members of the 500 club is interviewed, and Steve Stern, who wrote the script, lapses at times into such sport-speak strikeouts as "We shall never see his like again." There are a few nice anecdotes, though, such as the time Ted Kluszewski said, "I'm not sure what charisma is, but I've got the feeling it's Willie Mays," or the comment Lefty Gomez made about the hulking Jimmie "the Beast" Foxx: "Jimmie Foxx wasn't scouted; he was trapped." And okay, fans, for the trivia record, the 14 sluggers are: Babe Ruth, Foxx, Mel Ott, Ted Williams, Mantle, Mays, Eddie Mathews, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt (the list's only active player). (Cabin Fever, $29.95; 800-553-3837)

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